The seed was planted for me to join the dental profession many years ago!
I was lucky enough to be living in Germany and went to a military school that organised work experience in a dental surgery. I worked with an Army dentist who inspired me greatly and from there on I knew it was the path for me.
I have worked as a Dental Hygienist at many dental practices in the North East and Teesside, having been at Identity Dental Care for the last 13 years.
Lots of fabulous opportunities have come my way and I’m a great believer in grabbing every single one!
This has led me to become an Ambassador for’ The Heart Your Smile’ Charity where I supported other Dental Hygienists to organise outreach programs in their communities, hence improving awareness of good dental health.
I am hugely passionate about raising awareness of good dental health, especially with ‘At Risk’ groups such as people with diabetes. I have enjoyed lecturing and engaging with our local Diabetes Nurses Study Group, and talking at North Tees Hospital to type 1 patients. I attended the Diabetes UK conference where my Diabetes team, which included a London based Diabetologist, received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes Care & Research 2014.
My proudest point in my career to date was winning ‘Hygienist of the Year’ at the national Dental Awards in 2016.
When I’m not looking at gums I can be found searching for my next challenge…Skydiving for charity was my last one, that’ll take some beating!